Melissa Fischer Artist Statement
I grew up in rural New York, spending many hours roaming a nearby wildlife sanctuary or playing with my dogs, cats, and other pets. Through these happy hours I developed a strong love for the natural world and a great appreciation for the devotion of my pets. These passions have grown over the years, and I’m now a dog trainer and a birder; activities which impact my art and give me many subjects to depict.
Nature fascinates me, and some aspect of it is the subject of much of my work, whether the medium is watercolor, pen & ink, or pencil. When painting outdoors, I love the simplicity and the variability of watercolor; it is an ideal medium for plein air painting while hiking in the mountains, and it is often prone to “happy accidents,” which add character and mystery to a painting.
I especially love to explore and record the natural world through observation and sketching. My sketches are sometimes the basis for finished paintings, but more often they are for my own study and enjoyment. I find that nature sketching and journaling helps me both immerse myself in the moment and more fully experience my place in the world.
Whatever the subject, I hope to help viewers see and appreciate the beauty and uniqueness that I see everywhere. I love God's creation and want to honor Him by what I depict. One of the reasons I like drawing natural scenes or wildlife is that I see so many more details when I sit still to draw or paint. As I sketch and meditate on the beauty of creation, I am filled with awe and wonder, and it's my hope that, through my artwork, others can see and appreciate that as well.